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CIC Eyes Chiswick Park Acquisition from Blackstone Group

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The China Investment Corporation (CIC) is in key discussions with the Blackstone Group on acquiring the 33-acre Chiswick Park. Located in West London, Chiswick Park is a former brownfield industrial site that currently has tenants such as Ranbaxy, Tullow Oil and Pepsi. In March 2011, the Blackstone Group LP bought the site from the Chiswick Park Unit Trust which consisted of Stanhope, Schroders and Aberdeen Asset Management for £480 million.

The CIC is no stranger to London real estate.

Between 2009 and 2011, the Blackstone Group embarked on a London real estate shopping spree. Then in the beginning of 2011, the private equity firm has been attempting to unload these major core properties such as Broadgate to large long-term oriented buyers such as sovereign wealth funds.[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

Altitude Infrastructure Gets Financing on Haute-Garonne Network Project

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Altitude Infrastructure SAS inked a 25-year concession agreement and closed a debt financing package for the deployment and maintenance of an ultra-high-speed broadband network in Haute-Garonne. Haute-Garonne is a department in the south of France.[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Guggenheim Partners Agrees to Acquire Millstein & Co.

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On July 11, 2018, Guggenheim Partners inked a deal to acquire New York-based Millstein & Co., L.P., an advisory firm formed by Jim Millstein. Millstein will become co-Chairman of Guggenheim’s securities business. Millstein & Co. will become part of Guggenheim Securities, the investment banking division of the company. Ronen Bojmel will lead the combined Guggenheim restructuring team.

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GIC Holds Steady, Maintains Cautious Investment Stance

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Singapore’s GIC Private Limited returned a 5-year return of 6.6% ended March 31, 2018. At March 2018, GIC had increased cash and nominal bonds up 2% to 37% of the total portfolio, while lowering exposure to developed market equities from 27% to 23%.

GIC CEO Lim Chow Kiat commented in his annual letter in the FY 2017-2018 report that, “In view of the high asset valuations, the increased risk of monetary policy tightening across different jurisdictions and the elevated uncertainty, we maintain a cautious investment stance. Nevertheless, we remain ready to take advantage of potential dislocations. The jump in market volatility experienced in early 2018 offered an indication of potentially bigger market turbulence and opportunities in the future.”

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